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Michelle Obama: "Don't Go Into Corporate America"
The Corner at NRO ^ | 29 February 2008 | Byron York

Posted on 02/29/2008 7:54:58 AM PST by SE Mom

I have a new story today about Michelle Obama's visit to Zanesville, Ohio, where she met with a group of women at a local day care center. According to the U.S. Census, Muskingum County, where Zanesville is located, had a median household income of $37,192 in 2004, below both the Ohio and national averages. Just 12.2 percent of adults in the county have a bachelor's degree or higher, also well below the state and national averages. About 20 percent don't have a high school degree. Nevertheless, Mrs. Obama urged them to foreswear lucrative professions like corporate law or hedge fund management and go into the helping industry, even if the sacrifice is great:

-As she has many times in the past, Mrs. Obama complains about the lasting burden of student loans dating from her days at Princeton and Harvard Law School. She talks about people who end up taking years and years, until middle age, to pay off their debts. “The salaries don’t keep up with the cost of paying off the debt, so you’re in your 40s, still paying off your debt at a time when you have to save for your kids,” she says.

“Barack and I were in that position,” she continues. “The only reason we’re not in that position is that Barack wrote two best-selling books… It was like Jack and his magic beans. But up until a few years ago, we were struggling to figure out how we would save for our kids.” A former attorney with the white-shoe Chicago firm of Sidley & Austin, Obama explains that she and her husband made the choice to give up lucrative jobs in favor of community service. “We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we’re asking young people to do,” she tells the women. “Don’t go into corporate America. You know, become teachers. Work for the community. Be social workers. Be a nurse. Those are the careers that we need, and we’re encouraging our young people to do that. But if you make that choice, as we did, to move out of the money-making industry into the helping industry, then your salaries respond.” Faced with that reality, she adds, “many of our bright stars are going into corporate law or hedge-fund management.”

What she doesn’t mention is that the helping industry has treated her pretty well. In 2006, the Chicago Tribune reported that Mrs. Obama’s compensation at the University of Chicago Hospital, where she is a vice president for community affairs, jumped from $121,910 in 2004, just before her husband was elected to the Senate, to $316,962 in 2005, just after he took office. And that does not count the money Mrs. Obama receives from serving on corporate boards. She would have been O.K. even without Jack’s magic beans.

Mrs. Obama also bemoaned the amount of money she has to spend — nearly one-third of the median household income in Zanesville — on piano, dance, and other lessons for her two children. But she was grateful for the concern her husband's supporters have shown for her. "Everywhere I go, no matter what, the women in the audience, their first question for me is, 'How on earth are you managing it, how are you keeping it all together?'" she told the women.

02/29 08:19 AM


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: 666; byronyork; chicago; michelleobama; obama; theblackhillary
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To: frogjerk

ROFLOL, Michele’s job was “vice president for community affairs”?!?! Those types of positions are the biggest BS jobs imaginable!!!

I can guarantee you Michelle’s “busy days” mainly consisted of attending luncheons, black tie events, ribbon-cutting ceremonies, and milking evil corporations for cash.


101 posted on 02/29/2008 8:44:27 AM PST by RooRoobird20 (Thankfully Converted Catholic)
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To: SE Mom

The are, quite simply “The Black Clintons”.
All the patterns are the same.
Except that now, “IT’S THEIR TURN”
Wonder what Toni Morrison would say about her “First Black President” now being usurped by a “real” Black presidential possibility?
The supreme poetic justice in all of this is that the Clintons paved the way for all of this, (their political burial) while being too stupid to see it coming.


102 posted on 02/29/2008 8:48:37 AM PST by supremedoctrine (w)
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To: SE Mom
It seems that she never took an economics course at Princeton.

She is TRULY the black Teresa Heinz Kerry.

103 posted on 02/29/2008 8:48:43 AM PST by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: RooRoobird20

You mean to say she is a poser?!!


104 posted on 02/29/2008 8:51:41 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SE Mom

Gee Michelle, you chose to go to Princeton and Harvard. That costs. Poor you. You could have gone to a state university and a state law school. It wouldn’t have been as prestigious, but you still would have been an attorney, made a really good living and not had the big student loans. You chose the Rolls Royce and had to pay for it. I’m not going to shed one tear for you. And to whine to women who work just to put food on the table about the cost of piano and dance lessons for your privileged children is just unreal. But, as Marie Antionette said, “They have no bread? Well, let them eat cake.”


105 posted on 02/29/2008 8:52:04 AM PST by keepitreal
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To: SE Mom
Don't go into corporate America. You know, become teachers. Work for the community. Be social workers. Be a nurse. Those are the careers that we need, and weÂ’re encouraging our young people to do that.
Somebody please tell this woman that parasites need a host…
106 posted on 02/29/2008 8:54:21 AM PST by cartan
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To: freekitty

Michelle’s real message is “Don’t go into Corporate America——that’s for US , and the New Guard who will soon rule you.” She seems even more arrogant and overly self-confident than her idiot husband.


107 posted on 02/29/2008 8:54:38 AM PST by supremedoctrine (w)
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To: SE Mom

I’m sorry, I didn’t hear who put that baseball bat to her head and forced her to go to such expensive universities?


108 posted on 02/29/2008 8:54:43 AM PST by Darnright
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To: SE Mom

I choose not to vote for a “power couple” instead of a president. This “two for the price of one” stuff makes me as angry now as it did when the clintons pulled it.


109 posted on 02/29/2008 8:57:58 AM PST by Helen
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To: SE Mom
OMG, she's priceless! I hope the Obama campaign keeps her front and center. She's much more of a loose cannon than Therese Heinz Kerry.
110 posted on 02/29/2008 8:59:51 AM PST by ishmac
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To: keepitreal

Funny. She suggests people not go into the corporate world yet complains about having to pay the people who provide the sevice of giving her children dance and piano lessons.


111 posted on 02/29/2008 9:00:53 AM PST by jennyjenny
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To: SE Mom

***As she has many times in the past, Mrs. Obama complains about the lasting burden of student loans dating from her days at Princeton and Harvard Law School. She talks about people who end up taking years and years, until middle age, to pay off their debts.***

What a whiner! She knew when she got the loan she would have to pay it back. If she had made it a priority, she could have paid it off in just a few years. I wonder if the reason why it took so long is that she let it slide and accrued a huge amount of interest and penalties? If it hadn’t been for Barrack’s “magic bean book deal,” she’d be just another deadbeat. Michelle “Deadbeat” Obama.


112 posted on 02/29/2008 9:00:58 AM PST by nanetteclaret (Baby-Killer & Deadbeat: More dangerous than Bill & Hill.)
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To: SE Mom
I have no patience with people who whine over student loans. There is no more valuable an investment than education. The 200k someone would pay to go to Princeton and Harvard Law School is a pittance compared to what such a graduate could earn if money is what matters to him or her. Oscar Wilde defined a cynic as someone “who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing”.
113 posted on 02/29/2008 9:02:25 AM PST by utahagen
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To: mass55th
I’m waiting to see where they send their daughters for school. More than likely, it will be a private school.

No need to wait. The already do send their girls to a private school. They certainly aren't going change that if the end up living in Washington DC.

114 posted on 02/29/2008 9:10:32 AM PST by G-Bob
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To: SE Mom
"Don’t go into corporate America. You know, become teachers. Work for the community. "

I think they are going to have to borrow whatever closet Hillary has been using to shut Bill up in to shut this cretin up if Barack HUSSEIN Obama hopes to win in November.

115 posted on 02/29/2008 9:20:17 AM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: SE Mom
"Don’t go into corporate America..."

I couldn't agree more! Stay out of corporate America!...

Less competition for me! ; )

116 posted on 02/29/2008 9:20:32 AM PST by opus86
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To: mylife
Why?

She, apparently, is John McCain's secret weapon. With a mind that small and a mouth that big, she will sink Barack HUSSEIN Obama's career.

117 posted on 02/29/2008 9:21:55 AM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: mylife; StarFan; stanz
I am beginning to loathe this woman

Same here, the more I hear from her. She may be Hillary II, except even more of a Socialist...

118 posted on 02/29/2008 9:23:55 AM PST by nutmeg (Obama supporters: Drink the Kool-Aid? Yes we can!)
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To: mylife

“You mean to say she is a poser?!!”

Of course. :0) I’ve worked for a couple of major corporations and have done engineering consulting for dozens of hospitals.

“Community relations” (in general) is a department held in contempt by other departments in a corporation. This is because Community Relations doesn’t do a d@mn thing other than attend luncheons, black tie events, and hog the corporate sky box tickets. They also have the attitude that they have the MOST IMPORTANT job in a company. We have someone in our Community Relations department who has the Michele Obama attitude problem. She’s universally regarded as incompetent and unpleasant, but keeps her job nonetheless.

My personal experience is that Community Relations departments house high numbers of women and minorities—it’s a corporation’s way of saying, “We’re not really racist and sexist!!” LOL


119 posted on 02/29/2008 9:26:16 AM PST by RooRoobird20 (Thankfully Converted Catholic)
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To: SE Mom
My immediate response to my husband when he sent me this article:

Basically, it’s like, don’t go into corporate America so you can earn less than you would otherwise, which will of course make you resent corporate America even more, so that you will continue to vote for people like us, who will keep telling you how bad your life is and how it’s all the fault of corporate America and that they should paypaypay with high taxes so we can give you the things you would otherwise be able to provide for yourself. Blech.
120 posted on 02/29/2008 9:26:31 AM PST by RedSoxBatgirl
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To: mylife
I am beginning to loathe this woman.

I'm waaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy ahead of you. Where's that emoticon for a major barf alert?

I'm so glad they're able to keep it together on just half a mil per year.

As if her kids will ever need to pay a dime for college...who is she trying to kid?

121 posted on 02/29/2008 9:27:13 AM PST by Night Hides Not (I'm voting for McCain...if (and only if) his VP is JC Watts!)
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To: Izzy Dunne
Hillary cried at this question.

You're killin' me, Izzy!

Whenever Hillary cries, I vomit.

Whenever McCain says "my friends", I drink a beer.

My wife will be a rich lady this year. I'm not going to survive until November, and I'm worth much more dead than alive.

122 posted on 02/29/2008 9:29:40 AM PST by Night Hides Not (I'm voting for McCain...if (and only if) his VP is JC Watts!)
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To: mylife; hellinahandcart
you know it!

What she doesn’t mention is that the helping industry has treated her pretty well. In 2006, the Chicago Tribune reported that Mrs. Obama’s compensation at the University of Chicago Hospital, where she is a vice president for community affairs, jumped from $121,910 in 2004, just before her husband was elected to the Senate, to $316,962 in 2005, just after he took office.

Tell you what Michelle honey, I'll be happy to be a teacher or a nurse at 316,962 a year (or even a useless "vice president for community affairs") if you'll only pony up the $$. We can discuss benefits and other compensation later.

What say you?

< crickets>

123 posted on 02/29/2008 9:30:35 AM PST by sauropod (Will Hillary bring the silver back to the Whitehouse, or is this all about finishing up the set?)
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To: Red_Devil 232
She Will Be More Dangerous Than Hillary Ever Was If She Gets Into The White House!

That is a metaphysical impossibility!

124 posted on 02/29/2008 9:30:58 AM PST by Night Hides Not (I'm voting for McCain...if (and only if) his VP is JC Watts!)
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To: svcw

I was thinking of another word that begins with a t and ends with a t, and it wasn’t “tart.”


125 posted on 02/29/2008 9:33:16 AM PST by sauropod (Will Hillary bring the silver back to the Whitehouse, or is this all about finishing up the set?)
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To: SE Mom
Faced with that reality, she adds, “many of our bright stars are going into corporate law or hedge-fund management

Being a corporate lawyer is a whole lot more lothesum than being a hedge-fund manager, IMHO.

126 posted on 02/29/2008 9:34:01 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: SE Mom

I noticed she did NOT consider the military (low-paying, so they say) an honorable profession.

Am I surprised?

Yea, right.


127 posted on 02/29/2008 9:35:45 AM PST by PurpleMan
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To: SE Mom

Rush is talking about Mrs. Hussein and her last job in corp America paid $350,000. I guess that she and Hussein want the sheeple to stay on the plantation just as Kennedy and the rest of the Rats always want.


128 posted on 02/29/2008 9:36:20 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: SE Mom

Washington State has been pushing this philosophy in their schools for years. They call it goal based or outcome based education. It’s all about not over educating the population for the jobs that are available to them. In other words, if McDonalds are the biggest employers in your rural county, you educate the kids to work at McDonalds.

They want to perpetuate a permanent underclass, which will be supported by the real workers.


129 posted on 02/29/2008 9:38:04 AM PST by Eva (Benedict Arnold was a war hero, too.)
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To: SE Mom

She reminds me of Mrs. Cosby from the Bill Cosby TV show.

Arrogant, annoying and a big mouth..

I cannot stand her.. hopefully she will hurt Zero-boy in the end..


130 posted on 02/29/2008 9:38:26 AM PST by dictatorMA (Allen back up again)
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To: SE Mom

Yet more proof that liberalism is a mental disorder.


131 posted on 02/29/2008 9:41:45 AM PST by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: SE Mom

long time lurker, first time poster-

but because part what I do involves teaching music, I just have to comment. I’m a public sector teacher and provide a service in a competitive market- do i not deserve to be compensated for my work helping kids like Mrs. Obama’s (which I love doing as well, but it’s a SERVICE JOB) and years of training, education, and college degrees? I make a nice living, and I work hard doing it because there is a demand for it!!

Comments like that just sound so incredibly out of touch. I got my degrees on scholarship instead of going to the more prestigious universities, and I’m really glad I did that. She could have as well, and her going to Harvard does not make her a better lawyer than those who went to state school, sorry.

I am secretly hoping Hillary overtakes Obama- Obama scares me worse than Hillary, because if he wins, he’ll have this public mandate to actually institute all of these hairbrained, economy ruinining schemes and become this century’s FDR, keeping social security and adding massive health care boondoggle and other nonsense.

At least a lot of people already detest Hillary, and she’d have a harder time pushing her legislation through Congress, but I’m hearing a lot of devout republicans who disagree with Obama’s policies who still like the guy and can find nothing bad to say about him personally. That scares me, because I think he’s a disaster in the making. I hope I’m wrong.


132 posted on 02/29/2008 9:46:33 AM PST by quezkittel
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To: jennyjenny

As a music teacher myself, I laughed a lot. We’re free market people who have invested in a lot of education, practice, and training, yet have chosen not to involve ourselves in the cushy and frustrating public school mess :)


133 posted on 02/29/2008 9:46:34 AM PST by quezkittel
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To: SE Mom
A college education is not a RIGHT anymore than health care is a RIGHT.

My son is going to find that out very, very soon. After a less than stellar fall semester, I gave him the word: straighten up, or the only way I'm going to pay for his college next year is if he matriculates at New Mexico Military Institute.

134 posted on 02/29/2008 9:54:09 AM PST by Night Hides Not (I'm voting for McCain...if (and only if) his VP is JC Watts!)
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To: SE Mom; trisham
...It was like Jack and his magic beans

Perfect metaphor. Jack got rich by stealing from the giant.

Never liked that story much.

135 posted on 02/29/2008 9:58:29 AM PST by b9
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To: Red_Devil 232

Reminds me of Pres Palmer’s ex-wife (24)


136 posted on 02/29/2008 10:02:51 AM PST by NYC Republican (Root for Hillary. She's evil, but beatable in the GE, Obama may not be.)
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To: quezkittel
I’m hearing a lot of devout republicans who disagree with Obama’s policies who still like the guy and can find nothing bad to say about him personally.

It's a combination of his suave demeanor (read: "slick") and the fear of being labeled a racist for criticizing him for ANYTHING. Even McCain's PR guy has said he will absolutely not run any ads attacking Obama. The Obamas are race-card sharks of the highest order.

(Welcome to FR! Glad to have you on board.)

137 posted on 02/29/2008 10:04:41 AM PST by shezza (WWRD?)
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To: SE Mom

These people are going to be SO EASY to destroy in the general...

But we must thank them for dropping thier house on the evil witch, first....


138 posted on 02/29/2008 10:06:35 AM PST by tcrlaf (VOTE DEMOCRAT-You'll look great in a Burka!)
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To: quezkittel

Welcome to Free Republic!

You’re not alone in your worries and concern about Obama- and part of the problem many of us see is his “likability”...it’s covering an agenda of socialism which he intends to convert us to...


139 posted on 02/29/2008 10:06:59 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom
No news here...just another liberal that was educated beyond her intelligence!
140 posted on 02/29/2008 10:09:16 AM PST by txoilman
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To: SE Mom
*snort* So she's willing to have folks stay in the solid lower middle class, in order for them to feel good about themselves? She's got hers, so she doesn't care if anyone else gets ahead. She doesn't seem to offer the compromise situation, which is, get out there and earn a bunch of money so you can help your family be financially stable, THEN move into a 'helping' profession. One can do BOTH, if desired, just not successfully at the same time.

Reckon any feminists are willing to come out and challenge Mrs. Obama, with their 'women should break the glass ceiling' mantra? I, for one, won't be holding my breath, but just imagine what they'd be saying if ANY Republican had come out with this tripe!

141 posted on 02/29/2008 10:11:55 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: kalee
It’s becoming a toss up as to which witch I would rather keep out of the WH. Michele O or Hillary.

Oh, that's easy; BOTH of them!

142 posted on 02/29/2008 10:13:16 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: Corin Stormhands
And, honestly, without my maid and my cook and my nanny and my driver, I don't know how we'd manage...

*snort* My thoughts exactly!

143 posted on 02/29/2008 10:16:52 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: SE Mom

Please, just keep running that yap Michelle. You’re going to be our gift that keeps on giving!


144 posted on 02/29/2008 10:19:37 AM PST by jpl (Dear Al Gore: it's 3:00 A.M., do you know where your drug addicted son is?)
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To: SE Mom

She truly needs to speak often! She needs to speak loudly and carry a small stick.


145 posted on 02/29/2008 10:21:53 AM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (Vote for conservatives AT ALL POLITICAL LEVELS! Encourage all others to do the same on November 4!)
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To: SE Mom

I agree with her. Kind of.


146 posted on 02/29/2008 10:26:48 AM PST by nickcarraway (I didn't leave the Republican Party, it left me)
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To: khnyny
That's an incredible "jump". Michelle Obama's salary increases by almost $200,000 within months??? Ruh roh, there's the dirt, lol. "

Obama is a Chicago Democrat. You don't have to be a genius to know there's plenty of dirt. Someone just needs to have the balls to look for it.

It's what Bush should have done right after his inauguration. He should have gone after and shut down the Daley machine. If nothing else as payback to the Daley family for their attempt to help the Goron re-re-recount his way into the whitehouse...

147 posted on 02/29/2008 10:30:49 AM PST by jsharpscs
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To: oldleft

A very good example of why Michelle Obama’s advice just leads people down the primrose path. (Not to mention what it would do to society as a whole.)


148 posted on 02/29/2008 10:36:46 AM PST by GVnana ("They're still analyzing the first guy. What do I have to worry about?" - GWB)
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To: SE Mom
“Don’t go into corporate America. You know, become teachers. Work for the community. Be social workers. Be a nurse. Those are the careers that we need, and we’re encouraging our young people to do that. But if you make that choice, as we did, to move out of the money-making industry into the helping industry, then your salaries respond.”

Respond, as in drop? Unless, of course, you happened to be a member of a favored class and married to someone running for president? What terrific advice for Obama's constituents. LOL!

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149 posted on 02/29/2008 10:39:37 AM PST by OESY
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To: SE Mom

How does that kind of a raise happen? 200%


150 posted on 02/29/2008 10:47:29 AM PST by JimmyMc
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